Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009, 2:39 pm
Update: You can transfer your Starwood points to anyone’s LAN account, the names do not need to match.
This deal is basically only good for non-stop flights, and is best on short-haul flights. It only works on round-trip flights.
LAN has made some major changes to their OneWorld award chart. They now charge a set amount of miles for each flight segment, which makes connecting flights cost significantly more kilometers than it did with the old chart. At the same time there some new bargains especially on short-haul nonstops that can be found with the new chart.
With the new chart just 20,000 Starpoints will get you 4 round-trip tickets between LaGuardia and Boston, or 3 round-trip tickets between Chicago and Toronto!
LAN is one of the only foreign airlines that does not charge a fuel surcharge on award tickets. Plus LAN doesn’t charge other fees like US airlines do for award expedite fees and the like. There is no charge to change the date on award tickets.
You must call the LANPASS award desk to redeem a Oneworld award at 866-435-9526, option #5.
Calling LAN can be a pain. Although LAN has access to same award availability as you can find on other OneWorld carrier websites (like AA.com, BA.com, Qantas.com, etc) some agents will claim that they don’t see availability for the flights. Also every agent seems to calculate their own tax rate, so if something seems wrong, just hang up and try again.
If you find any other great uses with the new chart then please leave a comment!
In the chart below are the prices for sample routes in LAN kilometers and their equivalent in Starpoints assuming that you transfer 20,000 Starpoints for 50,000 LAN kilometers.
Please note that not every route listed below is a bargain. It gets harder to find bargains as the flight distance increases. (For example the JFK-Hong Kong route can be had for just 40,000 Starpoints during off-season by transferring directly to AA.)
LAN kilometers do expire at the end of the 3rd calendar year from when they’re earned. They can’t be extended unless you take a paid flight on LAN.
Business class is twice the cost of coach and First class is 2.5 times the cost of coach.
You can use the great circle links below to calculate the distance in kilometers between any 2 cities.
Most of the flights below on are for travel on AA, but some routes include flights from Alaska, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas.
|If the actual one-way flight distance in kms. is between:||Then the round-trip flight in coach will cost the following LAN kms.||Which is equivalent to the following amount of Starpoints at a 2:5 ratio.||Sample Routes (actual distance in kms.) on OneWorld and partner carriers such as AA, Alaska, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and others.|
|15001+||200,000||80,000||Does not seem to exist???|
Note: Starwood Starpoints transfer into LAN kilometers at a 1:2 ratio. If you transfer 20,000 Starpoints you will get 50,000 LAN kilometers due to the doubling of the 5,000 point bonus that’s awarded with every 20,000 Starpoint transfer into miles!
You can also use 60,000 Starpoints with Starwood’s “Nights & Flights” option and get 5 nights in a Starwood Category 3 hotel as well as 100,000 LAN kilometers.
I have personally done and can confirm that both of these transfer options work, although it does take a couple weeks for the transfer to complete.
It’s also worth noting that some flights with a stop can make sense with the chart. For example you can fly Royal Jordanian from JFK to Amman for 100,000 kilometers round-trip and Amman to Tel Aviv for 12,000 kilometers round-trip for a total of 112,000 kilometers, or roughly 44,800 Starpoints in total. No other routings from the US to Israel seem to make sense though